Tim Webb (470) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2010
Tasted at the brewery from 33cl bottle and from the conditioning tank. Now an 8% beer and while not year-round yet the next batch will come out in the Autumn. Another cracker from this one-to-watch brewery that will turn heads if it manages to overcome size restrictions and branches out into greater production. Valentine’s Day in Japan involves ladies giving chocolate to men (who get to give something back a month later), hence the connection of this chocolatey strong stout with St Cupid. yespr (48895) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2014 33 cL bottle. Poours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is dense chocolate malt and roasted breadish. Liqourice, dark chocolate and roasted dark malty flavoured. Bitter, dry and hardroasted malty. Ends dry and roasted black malty. Light tarish.Hammy78 (977) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2011
33 cl bottle. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted and malty. Herbal. Bitter. Dark malty. Chocolate and slight liqourice. Roasted and dark malty finish.7-3-7-3-14
Bottle brought back from Japan by my awesome cousin. Pours a pitch black cola colour. Small dark tan head, clingy lacing spots on the walls of the glass. Aroma is dark chocolate malt, coffee. Tastes much the same as I’ve described for smell, coffee, dark chocolate, malt, slightly bitter. Quite enjoyable. EdKing (2663) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2013
Bottle from Utobeer. Colour is very good. Very dark brown to black opaque with a medium chocolatey looking tan head. Aroma is lots of dark chocolate, dark ripe fruit and dried dates, Marmite yeastiness, molassses. Getting a lot off the nose. Taste is syrupy dark chocolate, Marmite yeastiness, strong roasted malt that lingers on the finish. There’s a touch of black coffee in there, but it’s very smooth. I like this alot. Packed full of flavour yet smooth and chocolatey. Westkyoto77 (640) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 21, 2014
Bottle. Good lord. What an absolutely wonderful beer. Fully deserves the accolades in my opinion. Sloe-black body, dark tan head. Rich aromas of damp malt, dark chocolate, and treacle.
Luscious without being over-sticky. Flavours of the above, with soy sauce, prunes, and noticeable hop backbone. Quality from start to finish.
Iznogud (4691) - CROATIA - AUG 12, 2016
On tap at Ant ’n’ Bee, Tokyo. Pours black with tan head. Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, dark chocolate. Sweet. Oily texture, smooth. Medium to full bodied. Crockett (1139) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2017
3 year old bottle picked up in Kyoto (2014). Brewed 02/14/2014. Bottle says 8.5% ABV, so I’m going to adjust that. 330ml. Jet black. Short lasting dark brown foam. Slight oil slick on the surface. Lots of body. Carbonation is ample yet soft. It almost has some barley-wine notes. Deep roasted espresso, toasted nut, licorice nose. All translates to the flavour. Quite bitter. Almost burnt/ashy with the malt, and likely toasting of the barrel. Leather, deep dark cocoa, dark sponge toffee and noticeable booze. Still, it’s smooth and even. Hops just linger in the background, with a bit of black-tea notes. Finish is rich, carrying loads of burnt sugars, molasses, and anise. It was very good. Traveled well, aged well.